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Proverbs 29

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Observations of public government,

29:1 He who is often rebuked and stiffens his neck
will be destroyed suddenly, with no remedy.

29:2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

29:3 Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father;
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

29:4 The king by justice makes the land stable,
but he who takes bribes tears it down.

29:5 A man who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet.

29:6 An evil man is snared by his sin,
but the righteous can sing and be glad.

29:7 The righteous care about justice for the poor.
The wicked arenít concerned about knowledge.

29:8 Mockers stir up a city,
but wise men turn away anger.

29:9 If a wise man goes to court with a foolish man,
the fool rages or scoffs, and there is no peace.

29:10 The bloodthirsty hate a man of integrity;
and they seek the life of the upright.

29:11 A fool vents all of his anger,
but a wise man brings himself under control.

29:12 If a ruler listens to lies,
all of his officials are wicked.

29:13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
Yahweh gives sight to the eyes of both.

29:14 The king who fairly judges the poor,
his throne shall be established forever.

and of private.

29:15 The rod of correction gives wisdom,
but a child left to himself causes shame to his mother.

29:16 When the wicked increase, sin increases;
but the righteous will see their downfall.

29:17 Correct your son, and he will give you peace;
yes, he will bring delight to your soul.

29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
but one who keeps the law is blessed.

29:19 A servant canít be corrected by words.
Though he understands, yet he will not respond.

29:20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

29:21 He who pampers his servant from youth
will have him become a son in the end.

Of anger, pride, thievery, cowardice, and corruption.

29:22 An angry man stirs up strife,
and a wrathful man abounds in sin.

29:23 A manís pride brings him low,
but one of lowly spirit gains honor.

29:24 Whoever is an accomplice of a thief is an enemy of his own soul.
He takes an oath, but dares not testify.

29:25 The fear of man proves to be a snare,
but whoever puts his trust in Yahweh is kept safe.

29:26 Many seek the rulerís favor,
but a manís justice comes from Yahweh.

29:27 A dishonest man detests the righteous,
and the upright in their ways detest the wicked.

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